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Teacher Accused of Rape Was Hired Despite Felony Conviction

Dion Savage Dion Savage


DOVER, Del. (AP)- A former Dover High School teacher accused of raping a student was hired despite having a felony record for attempting to extort a young man.

State law requires candidates for teaching positions to undergo a criminal background check, so it's unclear why former chorus teacher Dion Savage was hired just three years after he pleaded guilty to a felony.

The law says job candidates "may" be disqualified if they have committed a felony within the previous five years. But disqualification is not automatic.

The 28-year-old Savage is facing 13 counts of rape. Investigators say he had a 10-month affair with a 17-year-old male student.

According to court records, Savage admitted in 1998 that he threatened to make public a tape he said he had secretly recorded of a young man unless the man allowed Savage to take pictures of his genitals.


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